(Bonne Terre) Farmington and North County left it all out on the floor Friday night but the Raiders pulled away to win 74-63 on J98. North County lead the entire the first quarter but Knights senior J.P. Ruble made it a five-point game at the buzzer.
A 12-2 run from the Knights in the second period tied the game at 28 until North County junior Lane Wigger entered the equation.
Farmington’s Hunter Cole put the exclamation point on an exciting first half.
The conference rivals combined to make ten threes in the first half. Farmington came out of the break with the hot hand.
North County quickly took the lead back with the help from junior Grant Mullins who played big minutes off the bench.
The Raiders lead 52-44 going into the fourth quarter. Just as North County started pulling away, Farmington continued to keep pace with a big fourth quarter from Ruble.
Ruble scored 10 of his 20 points in the final period. Wigger hit 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch to help extend the lead but senior Nolan Reed delivered the final blow.
Wigger was the Applebee’s of Farmington Player of the Game with 31 points. He’s now averaging 30 points-per-game over the last four games. Raider coach Jimmy Palmer says it’s a testament to his hard work.
North County improves to 9-9 and will play Fredericktown on Tuesday. Farmington drops to 9-8 and faces Central on J98 on Tuesday.
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